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March/April 2009
In this issue

Fred Thompson • March/April 2009

The newest Cigar Aficionado features Fred Thompson, a man who has established an impressive resumé that includes time as a U.S. attorney, Watergate prosecutor, U.S. senator, presidential candidate and part-time TV and movie actor. Also, we look at how the PGA Tour is adapting to the economic downturn, plus a piece on a mathematical genius who routinely beats casino games deemed impenetrable. Also, a look at the new Little Havana in Miami, as well as 79 cigar ratings, including a 95-point figurado.

Features

The Gentleman from Tennessee

The Gentleman from Tennessee

At a point in life when many men are looking for the exit door to retirement, Fred Dalton Thompson—former assistant U.S. attorney, former Watergate prosecutor, former U.S. …

Bogey Time

Bogey Time

The color of golf has traditionally been green, and no more so than during the past two decades. We're not talking grass here, we're talking money. As the American and global …

The Game Killer

The Game Killer

A small-town Holiday Inn is not where you expect to find one of the world's most astute and notorious casino gamblers. But James Grosjean doesn't hustle high-roller suites and …

Cigars

A Different Angle of Adam Tihany

A Different Angle of Adam Tihany

Adam Tihany has twice designed the home of one of New York's true dining icons, first as Le Cirque and now as Restaurant Daniel. Adam Tihany is standing beneath the awning of …

A Chat with Miguel Barnet

A Chat with Miguel Barnet

The renowned novelist, poet and statesman has been called Cuba's Truman Capote

Made in Miami

Made in Miami

Florida's Little Havana is emerging as a showcase and "mad lab" for major brands that use boutique fabricas to roll cigars — sometimes quirky ones — and introduce visitors to …

Tatuaje's Pete Johnson

Tatuaje's Pete Johnson

The love of Cubans has guided cigar-world newcomer Pete Johnson, creator of Tatuaje cigars.

Ratings from this Issue

95
points

La Flor Dominicana Salomon

Issue Date: April 1, 2009
La Flor Dominicana Salomon
94
points

Padilla Miami Robusto

Issue Date: April 1, 2009
Padilla Miami Robusto
93
points

Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Torpedo

Issue Date: April 1, 2009
Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Torpedo
93
points

My Father No. 1

Issue Date: April 1, 2009
My Father No. 1

Up Front

A New Big Smoke

A New Big Smoke

By now, many of you have seen our ads for the Big Smoke MGM Grand at Foxwoods, the sprawling new casino that opened as part of the Foxwoods gaming complex near the Connecticut …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, Your series of articles on the "Cuba question" could not have been timelier, better considered or more thoughtfully written. In my opinion, you have truly …

The Good Life

McIntosh 60th Anniversary Set

McIntosh 60th Anniversary Set

Six decades ago, when Frank McIntosh and Gordon Gow founded McIntosh Audio Laboratory, their products distinguished themselves by putting out extraordinary sound at high power …

The Trench Coat

The Trench Coat

Crouched in a trench, bullets whizzing overhead, you shoulder your rifle, crush out your smoke and ready for the enemy's next charge. At the end of a dark alley, you gaze for one …

Montage Laguna Beach

Montage Laguna Beach

Described in architectural terms, the Montage Laguna Beach resort and spa is an expression of the Arts and Crafts style, set in the California epicenter of that movement, the very …

Spring Ham

Spring Ham

Why does a pig's hind leg often grace an Easter table? Samuel W. Edwards III, whose family has been curing ham in Surry, Virginia, since 1926, tags tradition to timing and …

Montblanc Star Nicolas Rieussec Monopusher

Montblanc Star Nicolas Rieussec Monopusher

The name Montblanc may instantly evoke images of fine pens, carrying the distinctive white and black logo of the brand, but the Swiss-based company has arrived as a maker of …

Humidipak Solutions

Humidipak Solutions

While, on a global basis, the effect of climate change may still be the subject of debate, few cigar smokers will dispute the catastrophic effects that come with plummeting …

Absinthe

Absinthe

Pop quiz: Absinthe is a) the liquid psychedelic of fin de siècle France that powered artists' imaginations and drove men insane before it was outlawed, b) the forbidden quaff …

Heavy Putter C2T-DF Tour Model

Heavy Putter C2T-DF Tour Model

Ben Hogan, that golf star among golf stars, is considered by many to be the best ball striker ever to play the game. But The Hawk was no fan of putting. "There is no similarity …

Alfa Remeo 8C Competizione

Alfa Remeo 8C Competizione

As the newspaper headlines constantly remind us, it's a tough time to be selling cars in this country, and familiar homegrown nameplates such as Pontiac may soon vanish into the …

A Quantum of Indulgence: John Allan's

A Quantum of Indulgence: John Allan's

You're already feeling pampered as her long, lithe fingers furrow through your hair, kneading the lotion into your locks before gently rinsing it out. Then comes the question—we …